Uniting Hearts in Prayer

I am emerging from a few days, filled with the special graces of solitude, silence, and fruitful meditation, and it has once more, made me very keenly aware of how at our essence, we are truly all one.

What happens to one of us - affects ALL of us. We sometimes forget that. But truly, there cannot be any separation between souls, because Grace is everywhere, and separation is simply incompatible with a Presence that is all pervading...

It is just that simple! The Presence of the Divine is everywhere, in everyone, in every moment, in every situation, encounter, and perceived division...

After meditation and teaching this morning, I spontaneously remembered that on this day, in 1963, I made my First Communion, and made a conscious choice, even then, to align myself always with the Divine. And while at times, I have strayed a little from the path here and there, I always choose to return Home, into the embrace of God.

A wonderful soul reminded me that tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer for 2011. And so, it seems fitting to remind all you readers to align your prayers and vibrations for this special occasion.

It also seems fitting, in light of all the tragedies and natural disasters we have witnessed so far this year, to come together and unite our hearts in prayer.

I offer you, this wonderful prayer by Paramahansa Yogananda, for your own reflection and spiritual edification, for it is as relevant today, as it was when he wrote it:

Prayer for a United World

"May the heads of all countries and races be guided to understand that men of all nations are physically and spiritually one: physically one, because we are descendants of common parents - the symbolic Adam and Eve; and spiritual one, because we are the immortal children of our Father, bound by eternal links of brotherhood.

Let us pray in our hearts for a League of Souls and United World. Though we may seem divided by race, creed, color, class, and political prejudices, still, as children of the one God we are able in our souls to feel brotherhood and world unity. May we work for the creation of a United World in which every nation will be a useful part, guided by God through man's enlightened consciousness.

In our hearts we can all learn to be free from hate and selfishness. Let us pray for harmony among the nations, that they march hand in hand through the gate of a fair new civilization."

~ From Metaphysical Meditations, by Paramahansa Yoganada, Reprinted with permission of Self-Realization Fellowship, Los Angeles

May you be moved to give voice to the prayers of unity that rise within the depths of your heart. And may all of our prayers come together and merge as one - as we work to transform ourselves and each other, now and forever, thus making this world, a better place!

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